My kid is in daycare – so why am I so frazzled?

September 19, 2013 , In: Balance , With: One Comment

My head is absolutely spinning these days.

IMG_7680I’m so frazzled, the photo I’ve chosen for this post is a random one of my child eating sand this summer.

Bastien started daycare, so there’s that.  Separation anxiety.  For me, mostly.  It’s been 18 months that we’ve been partners in crime and now he’s not here.  The house is empty.  I can pee without an audience, I can cook using the front burners, and I can leave the gates open.  He’s doing amazingly well at daycare.  I mean, he cries when I drop him, which rips out my heart, but overall he’s doing good.


Suddenly, with all my ‘free time’ I’ve decided to take on a million things and I feel like I am losing it.  First, there’s working at home, alone.  With Bastien, we were always out and about interacting.  Now, it’s just me.  Secondly, I am very excited about launching my freelance writing career but am starting from scratch coming out of ten years in corporate insurance.  This means cluing myself in as to what to pitch, where to pitch, how to pitch, and who to pitch to.  It’s a little overwhelming.

And then there’s all the other stuff I try to get done.  Laundry, groceries, meals, food prep.

I have to remember that this is a big adjustment for me, and I need to step back and breathe every once in a while.  Work on balance.

What about you guys, any tips on freelance writing or just working and having a child?  How was your adjustment?

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    I can’t speak to having kids but I can to freelancing. It takes some adjustment to work on your own. It can be very quiet (which can be great!) but also lonely. I try to work in a coffee shop or with a fellow freelancer a few times a week just to feel the presence of others. And I have a couple of good friends who have their own businesses who I meet up with regularly to compare notes and bounce ideas off of. I find both of those really help. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll get in the swing soon!

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Michelle Little

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Originally from the prairies and now in Montreal, I love exploring new places, eating great food and modern design. I'm mom of two wild things and paper and cake make me happy. Photographing your cutie family would make me very happy.

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